Kale Slaw with Creamy Avocado Dressing (gluten free, raw, vegan)

Kale Slaw 2

Coleslaw was a frequent dinner companion when I was growing up, and despite being a really picky eater, it was always a winner in my books. My parents made it simple and light, with an olive oil and lemon vinaigrette, and for a long time that’s how I thought all coleslaw was prepared. Then one day I discovered that thick, goopy, green mess they call coleslaw at fast food joints and chain restaurants. I thought to myself, “What’s the point of a salad if you’re going to drown it in mayonnaise?”. Well, that question has never been satisfactorily answered, but fortunately I have come across much more pleasant variations on the coleslaw theme since then. My favourite for the last year or so has been kale slaw – who knew you could slaw (and verb) anything? Continue reading

Minestrone with White Beans and Pesto (gluten free, vegan)

Minestrone

I love soup! Unabashedly, uncontrollably, undeniably – I love it. Soup is amazing any time of year, any day of the week, and for any meal of the day. It’s a great way to fill your tummy with piles and piles of veggies, without losing any of the nutrients to the boiling process, since they just hang out in the broth! And minestrone is one of those soups that is super easy, super satisfying, and super versatile. I make this soup at all times of the year, and the greatest thing about it is that I can change it up based on the season, the temperature outside, or what I happen to have in the fridge. You can literally change any of the vegetables in here, or change the proportion of each one, to suit your own tastes. Just keep in mind the cooking times – harder vegetables like carrots or broccoli will need longer to simmer than softer ones like mushrooms. Continue reading